Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stila Sun, Sea and Splash - Summer 2015

I love summer makeup collections and I LOVE Stila so its safe to say I'm most excited about Stila's summer makeup collections and this years collection is AMAZING.  I feel over the last number of years Stila have had their main colour collections in Summer and Winter and Spring and Autumn are about perfecting the rest of your face/makeup collection. I love this idea because Summer and Winter are the seasons your makeup changes the most and the seasons I have most fun with makeup.

Stila Summer 2015 collection is called Sun, Sea and Splash and its all about having a beautiful dewy glow on your cheeks with a pop of colour on your lips.  Basically its the kind of makeup I love to wear (ideally my skin would be lovely and perfect and I wouldn't need a base).  If you think of a Californian girl on the beach with the warm flush of the sun on her cheeks with a pop of cheeky lip colour.  I was so excited about this collection I took about 765 pictures .... never fear I have managed to narrow it down to about 701.

The product I am most excited about is the revolutionary (I am not exaggerating its flipping amazing) Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush*.  Aqua Glow blushes are a water based gel formula blush - so basically really lightweight - which come in a unique netted pot.

Although I was intrigued when I first saw Aqua Glow I was a little scared because liquid blushes can be a little messy and sometimes tricky to apply.  Stila recommend using their #33 foundation brush.  Basically you can use any of those flat foundation brushes that nobody seems to use for foundation anymore or alternatively you can use your finger.  

Basically you shake the pot (I like to sing "Put the lime in the coconut" but that is optional) and the net allows a small amount of the product to go onto the lid.  This is all you need to cover your cheeks (more than you need and I have big cheeks).   Fear not you don't need to put the net on your face or catch anything with the net its simply a nifty delivery system inspired by Asian beauty houses. Aqua Glow is said to be long wearing and waterproof which they mean you can sweat through not that if you go scuba diving you will still have it on your cheeks.

 Water Lily
The little glow pots have a slight shimmer, I hadn't noticed the shimmer in Water Poppy until it caught in the light. 

Water Poppy and Water Lily
Water Poppy and Water Lily blended out on my hand.

You know the look you see in magazines when somebody has been sitting on the beach, their cheeks are naturally flushed and they are glowing - (not the look I have on the beach when my top lip is sweating and my cheeks are ruddy and I have sweat in my eyes)  That aspirational look, glowing radiant skin with a delicate sheen - that's the look Aqua Glows give.  Natural looking and easy to use. I would describe them as sheer colour but that's not really accurate because that implies you don't get a lot of colour.  You get colour but you can also see the skin underneath.  You get a radiance from them, a (nicer) than natural flush.

Remember its very important to apply blush especially when using a bronzer or your face can look very flat.

Stila are of course famous for their Convertible Color, its won countless beauty awards including being my favourite Stila product so its easy to think they would rest on their laurels and think "well we have cheeks covered".  Aqua Glow show just how innovative Stila are and how they are always creating new and exciting products.  When I was talking to the very lovely Sue (Stila Makeup Artist at Dublin Harvey Nicks) she said she likes to use the Aqua Glow blush along with the Convertible Colors, she even likes to pat a small amount on the eye lid for a simple eye look.  I love getting tips from makeup artists who work with the brand all day, they experiment with the products in ways I would never think about.  If you like makeup/love cheek products or have cheeks you have to try and Aqua Glow.

The Aqua Glow blushes come in 5 colours and cost €25 (or £20).  Aqua Glow describe the product perfectly, they are one of my favourite Stila launches since their return.  I love them so much that I have just picked up another 2 colours. 

As part of the Sun, Sea and Splash collection Stila have released 5 new bright vibrant shades of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (€20 or £15) in the shades Amalfi (a bright coral pink), Bella (a bright pink), Como (a bright purple) Rosa (a light pink) and Venezia (a bright Coral/red shade).  Its such a bright and fun collection of colours and most of them were made for me.  TWO BRIGHT PINKS.. your spoiling me Stila.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick.  I love the colours, how opaque they are, how they don't transfer and how long they last but if I'm being honest sometimes I hate them on my lips.  Its a "Its not you, its my lips" hate, all long lasting lip products show every little flaw on your lips especially if they are dry so your lips need to be in tip top condition to wear them.  My lips tend to be on the dry side so sometimes we don't get on that great.  I have been trying to keep my lips in good condition (the eternal struggle but is not as bad in the summer) and have been using Stila's Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer* (pictured below) Lush Lips is a bit of a weird product and one that I didn't understand to begin with.  Usually when I'm doing my makeup I prep my lips with a lip balm these are usually made of basically Vaseline which sits on the lips, it doesn't sink in and doesn't really moisturise because the skin on the lips doesn't absorb.  Lush Lips felt almost dry when I applied it (but it was the lack of Vaseline in the product), its a very different consistency to what I was used to.  The water in the product evaporates when it hits the lips but the product evens out the lines left by dry lips leaving a perfect base to apply a long lasting lip product.  Ill hold my hands up and say I didn't understand the product for ages but once I got my hands on the new Stay All Day Shades they are the perfect pairing. 

The Shades Amalfi* which is a beautiful bright pink and Rosa* which is so pale its almost a white with a touch of pink mixed in.  When you have your lips prepped and ready Stay All Day are fantastic lip products,  I can wear my favourite bright shades and not worry about them fading or coming off.  They last through snacks and drinks - perhaps not a greasy dinner but they really do last a long time.  More importantly for me I can kiss my cuddly little baby without fear of them coming off, smudging or fading.  If I go a little overboard blowing raspberries there might be slight transfer but nothing to worry about.  These new bright shades of Stay All Day have allowed me to feel like myself (the lover of bright lips) and not just a new mammy.  See I'm still Mags. I'm wearing bright lips AND I can kiss the baby.  I am winning at life.

Rosa is my least favourite shade and I find it most difficult to wear as it seems to show the lips faults.  I'm not quite sure who this shade would suit?  I am not a fan of nude or pale shades so I am perhaps not the best judge.  All pics are were taken without prepping the lips to give a good idea how they look on normal lips.

 Amalfi is a bright and wonderful shade that brightens the face.

I loved the bright new shades so much I also picked up the shade Bella (a blue based pink) and Venezia a Red/Coral shade.

Venezia is the perfect bright and happy shade to wear with lots of bronzer - its the perfect mix red/coral mix. 

Oh Bella you should have been called Mags - your amazing, vibrant and happy and my perfect shade.  I have big love for Bella

Its impossible for me to pick a favourite shade out of Amalfi, Bella and Venezia they all add such life and vitality to the face and they have been a constant part of my summer face. When I am wearing them I feel like myself and when I apply these wonderful shades they make me smile.

Aqua Glow add well needed radiance to my very tired face,  the glowing skin looks very natural and is perfect for an easy summer look.

Stila Sun, Sea and Splash is the perfect Summer Makeup Collection.  If I had to recommend one product it would definitely be the Aqua Glow they are beautiful. If I am wearing Aqua Glow, a stay all day lip shade and a pair of sunglasses (for the dark circles) you would never imagine that I haven't slept since 2014.

The new Stila products are in their new slick golden packaging which is really pretty and reflects what a quality brand Stila is.  I really like the new look of the packaging although I miss the Stila Girl a little so lets hope they give us a throw back to her at some stage.

There are a few other products in the Sun, Sea and Splash range including Stay all Day Bronzer for Face and Body (this comes in 3 shades, Stila have always made amazing bronzers and this Matt one is no exception and will last a lifetime),  Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer  (an amazing cooling stick primer which cools the skin while adding moisture and reducing redness - perfect for warm days and beach holidays.  The stick form makes it perfect for on the go application). Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer (a liquid bronzer which you can mix with foundation or wear alone).

Stila is available in Ireland from Harvey Nichols Dundrum,  Sam McCauleys Fairgreen Carlow,  Sam McCauleys Redmond Square Wexford, Sam McCauleys Tralee Manor West Shopping Centre, Cara Pharmacy Quayside Shopping Centre Sligo and Marks & Spencer Mary St Dublin.  You can also pick up Stila from Stila.co.uk.

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